Synopses & Reviews
Part memoir, part study, The Making of a Philosopher is the self-portrait of a deeply intelligent mind as it develops over a life lived on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Making of a Philosopher follows Colin McGinn from his early years in England, reading Descartes and Anselm, to his years in the States, first in Los Angeles, then New York. McGinn presents a contemporary academic take on the great philosophical figures of the twentieth century, including Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Noam Chomsky, alongside stories of the teachers who informed his ideas and often became friends and mentors, especially the colorful A. J. Ayer at Oxford.
McGinn's prose is always elegant and probing; students of contemporary philosophy and the general reader alike will absorb every page.
“McGinn is an ingenious philosopher who thinks like a laser and writes like a dream” Stephen Pinker
“If Wittgenstein had written an autobiography it might have resembled this...brilliantly written, devastatingly honest, often very funny” -- Oliver Sacks, M.D.
About the Author
Colin McGinn was educated at Oxford University. He has written widely on philosophy and philosophers in such publications as the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, the New Republic, and the New York Times Book Review. McGinn has written thirteen previous books, including The Mysterious Flame, The Character of Mind, Ethics, Evil and Fiction, and the novel The Space Trap.He is a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University and lives in New York City.